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From: bacano (bacanoESOTERICA.PT)
Date: Mon Aug 13 2001 - 18:21:00 CDT
I just feel like to remind a part of the "Open Letter to the community" that
Jeff Moss wrote some days ago:
> EVOLUTION OF THE TECHNOLOGY UNDERGROUND
> The changing nature of the technology underground has caused DEF CON
> to change as well. When I started the show there were no real jobs for
> people our age in computer security. LD phone calls were expensive,
> UNIX was not free, the only people with good Internet access were
> Universities and businesses, and PCs still cost quite a bit of cash.
> The Web was not sprouting up "Teach me how to hack" sites every other
> minute, and there was a considerable amount of misinformation
> surrounding hacking floating about.
> Now things are exactly the opposite. Money entered the underground
> scene around DC 4, and since then, things have changed rapidly. There
> are plenty of good and bad books teaching computer security, and there
> are thousands Web sites dedicated to hacking. If you don't have a
> felony and are dependable you can get a job in computer security. LD
> calls are cheap, all the Internet you can eat is about $20, UNIX-style
> operating systems are free, and computer prices are so cheap that you
> can build and attack your own network for very little money. The
> mentoring process of the "old school" underground is mostly gone now.
> The original motivations of breaking into a university to get Internet
> access have changed and with each new age group of kids, using a
> computer becomes more of a key role of the educational process.
> Hackers and computer geeks are no longer a small niche in society but
> now the norm, resulting in an even more fragmented community,
> generating an entirely new set of definitions for "hard core" and
I never was at DEFCON ... in some parts of the world that money still is
missing, so I never went to US for any CON... not even at .nl to BH Europe,
or last weekend for HAL. Today seeing people like Russ Cooper and others, I
really feel like keeping things to my self. For a start because what i can
keep is not much, and in the other hand I don't feel like contribute anyhow
anymore, specially for free when others get the money. What have I done?
well, if nobody knows I can say that would be just perfect. But of course,
most people will not understand what I just said ...
[ ]'s bacano
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